Po­lice eye sus­pect but no mo­tive yet


THE Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) has iden­ti­fied a male “per­son of in­ter­est” who is be­lieved to be in­volved in Wed­nes­day night’s am­bush of lawyer and in­cum­bent Tubu­ran coun­cilor Renante dela Cerna.

Ac­cord­ing to CCPO di­rec­tor Se­nior Supt. Joel Do­ria, although they al­ready have a sus­pect, po­lice had yet to de­ter­mine if the per­son was the gun­man or the mas­ter­mind.

“We are dou­ble check­ing all the in­for­ma­tion given to us by our wit­nesses,” said Do­ria, adding that they are still in the process of con­vinc­ing wit­nesses to fully co­op­er­ate with the po­lice.

The wit­nesses are wor­ried about their safety, said Do­ria.

Based on the ini­tial ac­counts of wit­nesses, po­lice were able to draw up a car­to­graphic sketch of the sus­pect’s face. An­other wit­ness was also able to pro­vide au­thor­i­ties with the plate num­ber of the mo­tor­cy­cle used by the gun­man.

“Meron nang plate num­ber kaso lang, ina- iden­tify pa natin kung match ba ta­laga dun sa ve­hi­cle na gi­na­mit (in the crime)” Do­ria ex­plained.

(We al­ready have the plate num­ber, but we’re still try­ing to iden­tify if the num­ber re­ally matches the ve­hi­cle used.)

“We can­not rely on one source of in­for­ma­tion. We have to be keen on that,” ex­plained Do­ria.

The city di­rec­tor de­clined to re­lease the name of the sus­pect and the re­ported plate num­ber of the ve­hi­cle used to avoid pre­empt­ing their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Po­lice are co­or­di­nat­ing with the own­ers of nearby es­tab­lish­ments to se­cure copies of their CCTV footage to help au­thor­i­ties with the on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Dela Cerna, 43, was shot in Si­tio Can­dahuan, Barangay Talam­ban, Cebu City, on board a ha­bal-ha­bal or mo­tor­cy­cle­for-hire when one of the two men on board an­other mo­tor­cy­cle shot him.

The Tubu­ran town coun­cilor who sus­tained five gun­shot wounds on his up­per body and pelvis is re­cov­er­ing in a pri­vate hos­pi­tal.

He is cur­rently be­ing guarded round-the-clock by po­lice per­son­nel to en­sure his safety.

The lawyer-coun­cil­man said that he did not re­ceive any threat prior to the am­bush.

Do­ria said that po­lice were still look­ing into pos­si­ble mo­tives of the crime but dis­missed spec­u­la­tions that it was a case of mis­taken iden­tity.

Do­ria pointed to re­ports that the per­pe­tra­tor was tail­ing the vic­tim at the time.

Rom­mel Mante, the driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle hired by the lawyer to take him home, was also wounded in the at­tack but was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

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